Amexco launches 'Exquisite Jamaica' plans

NEW YORK -- Exquisite Jamaica is the moniker for a line of upscale travel programs to the Caribbean launched by American Express Vacations and Air Jamaica.

For sale exclusively by American Express agencies and targeted directly at American Express cardholders through bonus rewards incentives, the program involves participation by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Sandals Resorts, Couples Resorts, SuperClubs, Island Outpost and Elegant Resorts.

The 12 resorts participating include five in Negril: Couples Negril and Swept Away; the Caves; Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa and Grand Lido Negril by SuperClubs.

In Montego Bay, they are the Sandals Royal Caribbean and Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club.

Other participating properties are Goldeneye in Oracabessa; Strawberry Hill in Irish Town; Royal Plantation Golf Resort & Spa by Beaches in Ocho Rios; the Grand Lido Braco; and the Grand Lido Sans Souci.

For three nights in mid-January at the Royal Plantation, rates range from about $1,800 for a deluxe suite to $3,530 for a two-bedroom, oceanfront suite. Rates are per person, double, and include first class air on Air Jamaica from New York.

For a European plan at Half Moon, rates for three nights in January range from approximately $1,465 per person, double, for a superior room to $2,665 for an imperial room, including first class air from New York.

The program is available on bookings made through March 31 for travel through the end of 2003.

In addition, American Express card members who book by Dec. 15 will receive $100 credit on vacations of $2,000 or more.

For reservations or additional information, American Express agents should call (888) 231-9705.

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